Sumbal: Protests were held in north Kashmir’s Sumbal area on the second consecutive day on Monday against the ‘failure of police’ to trace a local trader, Riyaz Ahmad Beigh, who went missing on Friday afternoon.
Women protesters blocked Srinagar-Bandipora highway and disrupted traffic movement for several hours. Most of the protesters were the missing youth’s close relatives.
“Our lives have turned into a hell since my son went missing. He had no grudge with anybody and was earning his livelihood without harming anyone,” Beigh’s mother, who was also part of the protest, said.
“I want my son to return safely to home. I don’t know in what condition he is this time,” she said as tears rolled down her face.
Beigh, a resident of Wangipora Sumbal, had offered Friday prayers along-with his father Abdul Ahad, had lunch and then gone out to meet some person.
Adil, Riyaz’s friend, said he called him at about 5.30pm on Friday.
“That was the last I heard of him. He said ‘jana mei bacchav (save me). After the call, his phone went off,” Riyaz said.
Beigh is a distributor with cellular company Aircel. He is also the general secretary of Chinar Traders Association, Sumbal.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, his father urged the police to trace him immediately.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in Sumbal and Wangipora villages over the local trade body’s call.
SDPO Sumbal Rashid Akbar told Kashmir Reader that police were trying hard to locate the missing trader.
“Our men are on job to trace him out. So far we have not received any clue about his whereabouts,” he said.
Meanwhile, a local news gathering agency said that police has constituted a Special Investigating Team to locate him.